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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dont drink bubble tea anymore (forwarded mail)

Dear All,

I will roughly translate this articles which is in Chinese.

Bubble tea brings alot of sweet excitement to our taste buds but it is also
very harmful to health.

Milk essence is the main ingredient in bubble tea. Ten cups of fresh milk
cannot match the taste of of a teaspoon of milk essence. The main ingredient of milk essence is
hygrogenated vegetable oil, a type of transfat. Experts says that a glass of 500ml of bubble tea a day
far exceed the allowable limit of transfat for any person. It will lead to heart and blood vessel diseases

Milk essence gives the bubble tea the fragrance and make it tasty. The fragrance and tastiness derived from a type of chemical. This chemical has trace of arsenic, lead, copper and many harmful minerals.
Long term consumption can lead to heart and blood vessel disease, cancer,
asthma and other health complications. It reduces the IQ of children.

Consuming the black bubbles is equivalent to consuming plastic. Normally these bubbles were made from
casava (tapioca) powder. This alone does not give the rubbery texture. To make it more rubbery, millet
protein is added. Some "black hearted" businessmen felt that this is still not rubbery enough. so, an artificial
plastic powder is added. This type of artificial plastic material will never be digested and absorbed into the
body. It will remain in the body and cause havoc to our health. You can imagine what will happen to your
health after prolonged consumption of transfat and plastic!!!!


Subject: Fwd:
珍珠奶茶 Don't drink bubble tea any more!


:每天一杯500 (?mL)珍珠奶茶中反式脂肪酸含量已超出正常人承受極限,飲



Don't drink any more!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fader ND Ultra II by Lightcraft workshop

ND fader ultra II on sigma30mm 1.4 prime.

lighcraft box


print mark

took a rough test nothing specific indoor, direct to halogen light.
iso 2000, f1.4, 30mm prime shutter :1/1250
iso 2000, f1.4, 30mm prime shutter :1/800
iso 2000, f1.4, 30mm prime shutter :1/640
iso 2000, f1.4, 30mm prime shutter :1/500
iso 2000, f1.4, 30mm prime shutter :1/320
iso 2000, f1.4, 30mm prime shutter : 1/160

iso 2000, f1.4, 30mm prime, shutter 1/125

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hoya HD 77mm CPL

its not that thick actually , i added 72mm-77mm step up ring

77mm hoya hd cpl on the left, 72mm pro1d cpl on the right

my own recorded home made video testing on the coating. very little finger print marks , easy to wipe. excellent coating i must say. I dont dare to knock it though...

other video

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Super Foods for Men and Women

Just wanna keep a record of this in my blog

Super Foods for Men and Women

Foods for Men
1. Tomato Sauce. Men who eat a lot of tomatoes, tomato sauce, or pizza smothered with the stuff may be giving themselves a hedge against prostate cancer. So say researchers at Harvard, who studied the eating habits of more than 47,000 male health professionals. They found that men who ate tomato sauce two to four times per week had a 35 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer than men who ate none. A carotenoid called lycopene, which tomatoes contain in abundance, appeared to be responsible. But scientists were puzzled: tomato juice didn't seem to have a protective effect. Other research showed why. For best absorption, lycopene should be cooked with some kind of fat. So pizza may be just what the doctor ordered.

2. Oysters. Myth has it that oysters are the food of love. Science may agree. Just two to three oysters deliver a full day's supply of zinc, a mineral critical for normal functioning of the male reproductive system. Scientists are divided over reports that sperm counts have declined over the last 50 years and that environmental factors are to blame. Nutritional deficiencies do seem to be the cause of certain cases of low testosterone. Getting adequate zinc is sometimes the answer (11 mg per day is recommended for men; more than 40 mg can pose risks). In one trial, 22 men with low testosterone levels and sperm counts were given zinc every day for 45 to 50 days. Testosterone levels and sperm counts rose.

PLUS: Top 10 Aphrodisiacs

3. Broccoli. A recent Harvard study finds that cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, may protect against bladder cancer. It's one of the most common cancers in this country, and affects two to three times as many men as women. Scientists analyzed the diets of nearly 50,000 men and discovered that those who ate five servings or more per week of cruciferous veggies were half as likely to develop bladder cancer over a ten-year period as men who rarely ate them. And broccoli and cabbage were singled out as the most protective foods.

4. Peanut Butter. If you want a healthy heart, spread your morning toast with peanut butter. Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women, but men fall victim at an earlier age. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University compared the cholesterol-lowering effect of the American Heart Association's Step II Diet with a higher-fat diet based on peanuts. The AHA plan included more carbohydrates. The peanut regimen was 36 percent fat. After 24 days both diets lowered "bad" LDL cholesterol. But the peanut plan also caused a drop in blood fats called triglycerides and did not decrease HDL, the "good" cholesterol. The AHA diet raised levels of triglycerides and lowered levels of HDL.

"Peanut butter is a little higher in fat," says Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., the lead author of the Penn State study. "But it's the type that's good for you -- monounsaturated fat." Researchers have predicted that the peanut diet could reduce heart-disease risk even more than could the AHA diet. Just don't go nutty plastering on the tasty spread, since it is high in calories.

PLUS: 11 Ways to Load Up on Lean Protein

5. Watermelon. Until the age of 55, more men suffer from high blood pressure than do women. Research suggests that foods rich in potassium can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. The evidence is so convincing that the Food and Drug Administration recently allowed food labels to bear a health claim about the connection between potassium-rich foods and blood pressure. "There isn't a dietary requirement for potassium," says Kathleen Cappellano, nutrition-information manager at Tufts University in Boston. "But a good goal is about 2000 milligrams or more a day." Watermelon, a rich source of this mineral, has more potassium -- 664 mg -- in one large slice than the amount found in a banana or a cup of orange juice. So cut yourself another slice and enjoy the taste of summer.

PLUS: 10 More Aphrodisiacs

Foods for Women

1. Papaya. This tropical fruit packs about twice the vitamin C of an orange. Add it to your arsenal against gallbladder disease, which afflicts twice as many women as men.

After analyzing the blood of over 13,000 people, scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, found that women who had lower levels of vitamin C were more likely to have gallbladder illnesses. One medium papaya (about ten ounces), with its 188 mg of vitamin C and a mere 119 calories, is a refreshing source of the vitamin. The once exotic fruit now can be found in most supermarkets.

2. Flaxseed. Bakers use this nutty-flavored seed mainly to add flavor and fiber. But scientists see the tiny reddish-brown seed, rich in estrogenlike compounds called lignans, as a potential weapon against breast cancer. An exciting report at last year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium showed that adding flaxseed to the diet of women with breast cancer effectively slowed tumor growth. You can flavor your muffins with flaxseed, but the easiest way to get the beneficial lignans is to sprinkle a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed on your morning cereal. Look for the seeds in health food stores or in supermarkets on the flour aisle. They're easy to grind in a blender or coffee grinder. But get seeds -- there are no lignans in the oil.

PLUS: 8 Old Wives' Tales: Which Should You Believe?

3. Tofu. Foods high in soy protein can lower cholesterol and may minimize menopausal hot flashes and strengthen bone. Isoflavones, plant chemicals in soybeans that have a structure similar to estrogen, may be the reason. Though animal studies form the bulk of the evidence, a human study found that 90 mg of isoflavones was beneficial to bone (specifically the spine). And two other studies suggest that 50 to 76 mg of isoflavones a day may offer some relief from hot flashes. A half-cup of tofu contains about 25 to 35 mg of isoflavones.

4. Buffalo Meat. Due largely to menstruation, women tend to be anemic more than men. And low iron levels in blood can cause severe fatigue. To get a good dose of iron, try bison. Bison, or buffalo, meat is lean and has what diet-conscious women want -- lots of iron and less fat than most cuts of beef. "The iron content is about 3 milligrams in a 3 1/2-ounce uncooked portion," says Marty Marchello, Ph.D., at North Dakota State University. "That portion contains less than 3 grams of fat." Buffalo meat can help boost energy and lower weight. And you don't have to have a home on the range to get some bison anymore. You can pick it up at many supermarkets across the United States, or through mail order or on the Internet.

PLUS: 8 Diet Downfalls and Solutions

5. Collard Greens. This humble vegetable may help fight osteoporosis, which afflicts many women late in life. In addition to getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, some studies suggest that vitamin K may have a bone-protective effect as well. Based on data from one of the largest studies of women, the Nurses' Health Study, researchers discovered that women who ate enough vitamin K-rich foods (at least 109 micrograms of the vitamin daily) were 30 percent less likely to suffer a hip fracture during ten years of follow-up than women who ate less. Researchers point out that dark-green leafy vegetables -- Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli -- are all good sources of the vitamin. But collard greens, with about 375 micrograms per half-cup, are among the best.

There you have it: five great foods for women and for men that can keep both of you well fed and healthy too.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Step up rings (made in china)

bought 72 to 77 for my 18-200mm
62-77 for my 30mm 1.4
to fit
fader ND ultra 77mm thread yet to arrive
step up ring for hoya HD 77mm maybe just for my prime 30mm, as my 18-200 has 72mm hoya pro1d on it already.

fits my pro1d thread as well.

cheap stuff no complain, material is steel, a bit cheapo feel but it does the job . no complain.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Manfrotto 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

Speedy postage by seller on ebay. Got my replacement plate from a seller in korea. He is the only one selling genuine copy at the lowest price not much different from made in China, its around 14dollars for this genuine replacement plate.

Seller address in Korea

Made in Italy, the feel of the built just like my previous plate.
This is a replacement for my 804rc2 head on my 190proxb manfrotto. I was feeling like a lost head chicken and gloomy all day when i thought of buying the whole new 804rc2 head around 100bucks. So i saved like 90 dollars now.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The legend of chinese surname

The legend of chinese surname, for you to ponder about.

From the picture first bottom left branch is Ying 赢 surname branch. It branches to 14 surname which include like Chee/Chi, Leong, Leong, Wong, Qin,Jiang,Mah,Zhu.

It is almost "legendary" and can not be used to determine blood ties (in my opinion) , because
1)the descendants used the surname to "represent which smaller state" they came from,
2)there are practices in china where adopted children change their surname
3)son in law changing surname
4)grand children (maternal) changing surname
5)Too many family books that does not tally . for example i have read even in Guangzhou , Leong surname, different village family book does not tally. There are research foundation for this.
6)my opinion is that they like to relate where they came from by the same common ancestor or even the surname.
7)they can only relate AS FAR as the village back in China but NOT the entire same surname. even if its the same village, the blood ties can be broken by point 1,2,3,4.

If you want to read further on my own ancestral root searching story continue reading .

For my personal ancestral research I was only able to trace with concrete proof and library archive to 1 guy in Guangzhou name Fuk Fan, 福范.

The library archive is now at GuangDong Zhong Shan Library广东中山图书馆, titled Liang Shi Chong Gui Tang Zu Pu( 0.189 / 406.2 , 梁氏崇桂堂族谱(东莞) / (清)梁钰主修 . -- 重修刻本 . -- 东莞 : 蟹溪勤贻堂, 清嘉庆20年(1815) )

But to trace FukFan to Ying 赢 surname I can only rely the few links below . It does not provide concrete proof and there are too many versions to be disputed at.

After googling relying on the above and someone's blog I can "legendary say" it that I have a complete family tree( to Ying 赢. The good thing is half of the whole family tree is undisputed and "real" because the records are kept at the Guangzhou libray, used as a defacto reference by some government website and many leong or other surname researchers in China today.

Hope you enjoy my story. Some may not like this whole story though :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Chinese wisdom

dont know how chinese this is but for some "discovery and entertainment" here we go

When without money, keep pigs;
When have money, keep dogs.

When without money, eat at home with wife;
When have money, dine in fine restaurant.

When without money, ride bicycle;
When have money, ride exercise machine.

When without money, wish to get married;
When have money, wish to get divorced.

When without money, wife becomes secretary;
When have money, secretary becomes wife.

When without money, act like rich man;
When with money, act like poor man.

人 啊,都不講實話:
Man, O Man, never tells the truth:

Says sharemarket is bad but keeps speculating;
Says money is evil but keeps accumulating.

Says women are trouble-makers but keeps desiring them;
Says high positions are lonely but keeps wanting them.

Says smoking & drinking is bad but keeps partaking;
Says heaven is good but refused to go.
In the past, woman gives man their virginity;
Now, woman gives man their newborn.

In the rural area, chicken calls man awake;
In the cities, man calls for chickens..

In the past, famous actresses will not sell their bodies;
Now, actresses will sell their bodies to get famous

What is life about?
1 歲時出場亮相
At one, YOU are the top priority
10 歲時功課至上
At ten, academic excellence is the top priority
20 歲時春心盪漾
At twenty, getting laid is the top priority
30 歲時職場對抗
At thirty, a good career is top priority
40 歲時身材發胖
At forty, keeping your body in shape is top priority
50 歲時打打麻將
At fifty, beating others at mahjong is top priority
60 歲時老當益壯

At sixty, keeping
IT up is top priority

70 歲 時 常常 健忘
At seventy, remembering something is top priority
80 歲時搖搖晃晃
At eighty, moving around is top priority
90 歲時迷失方向
At ninety, knowing directions is top priority
100 歲時掛在牆上
At 100, having your portrait on the wall is top priority!